- AProjectionRound 1
- Hand9 ¼
- Arm31 ½
Strong Points: Height, length, speed, overall athleticism and body control. Two-year starter. Proficient in press, zone and off coverage. Outstanding ball skills and hands. Reacts very well to the ball in the air and can close. Stays low in his pedal and has a very smooth turn. Always in good position to make plays.
Weak Points: Lean frame. Lacks strength. Not aggressive when taking on blocks and misses too many tackles.
The Way We See It: Williams redshirted as a true freshman in 2016 before starting at corner the past two seasons. Only a 3-star recruit out of high school, but once he got his chance to play, Williams quickly became one of the best cover corners in college football. He has great ball skills (8 INTs in 23 games). At his best in press but can play zone and off-man equally well. Very instinctive and quick reacting. His cover skills are outstanding, but Williams needs to add bulk and strength because he can struggle getting off blocks and misses too many tackles. This could slow his path to the field as a rookie. He might be one of the best cover guys in the draft, but his tackling skills and inability to consistently shed blocks will hurt him in the eyes of some clubs.
Hub Arkush: In a slightly down year for corners, Williams will be the best on the board but not without his flaws. He has great size for the position at 6-2, 185 but lacks the strength to play press and battle bigger receivers. Williams also appears less than fond of contact at times. But if you're looking for a lockdown cover corner and can help him when necessary in the run game, he may be great. Williams has displayed great hips and footwork, is patient and won't panic and appears to have very good ball skills. His speed is almost off the charts with a 4.37 40 at the combine, but he is more fast than quick and sudden. The dilemma with Williams is that although he has all the tools to be a great press-man corner, will he get strong and physical enough?
Best Fit: Steelers, Texans, Colts, Rams
Red Flags: Lacks aggression and physicality. Needs to get bigger and stronger. May be a cover guy only.
NFL Comp: Aqib Talib, Prince Amukamara